Saturday, November 25, 2017

random posts to read

Here are three posts I recommend reading.
  • This post is about gift ideas for children and teens.  The ideas steer them toward experiencing life rather than just sitting around in front of a screen.
  • On a completely different note is a post my cousins' cousin wrote about longevity in marriage.  Their grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this summer. 
  • And finally, a post by psychologist Kelly Flanagan about living in community.  His perspectives are easy to read and give people something to discuss.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Hiding Place

I finally read The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.  I had watched a portion of the movie when I was middle school age, and knew some of the story.  It is about time I read the book, and wondered why I had not before.  For those not familiar with the book, Corrie was a young woman living in Holland when the Nazis took over the country.  It tells about the courage it took for her and her family to help the Jews, despite the danger it placed them in.  Although the story tells about the atrocities of the Nazis, it is also a story of love, hope and forgiveness.  If you haven't read this book yet, add it to your reading list. 
note: I would not recommend this book to those under 14 due to descriptions of concentration camps

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Explorers of the Wild

Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson is a picture book I found when looking for books about exploring.  It is a perfect book for children who love the outdoors.  The story begins by showing the things a boy and a bear do separately while exploring.  Then they encounter one another.  Naturally, both bear and boy are afraid at first, but then they choose to be explorers together.  This is a good book for preschoolers through second grade as a read aloud.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

John Deere, That's Who!

John Deere, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Mauer and illustrated by Tim Zeltner is a title my sister suggested to me this summer.  It is a picture book biography of John Deere, a  name every farmer's daughter knows.  This brief story is like most other biographies, telling of the challenges and successes of a person.  Though most people would recognize the name John Deere, this book shed light on what John Deere really made-plows and other horse drawn implements.  It is a good book to share with children about U.S. history, biographies, or persistence.  I plan to keep this one checked out until my dad gets a chance to read it. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Rainbow Weaver

Rainbow Weaver /Tejedora del Arcoiris by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri is a book anyone who is interested in Guatemala should read.  Ixchel is a Mayan girl who would like to weave colorful cloth to sell like her mother does.  Her family does not have extra thread for weaving, so Ixchel cannot help or make her own things to sell.  She looks for something she could use for her weaving.  After trying several things, she stumbles across the idea of taking the colored plastic bags which are lying around everywhere and using them.  The story highlights the ingenuity and resilience of the Mayan people.  Some of the small details in the story reminded me of little bits of the Guatemalan culture and the reality of the poverty there.  If you are looking for stories to help children understand more of the world beyond our country, add this bilingual book to your list.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Antsy Ansel

Antsy Ansel by Cindy Jenson-Elliott and illustrated by Christy Hale is a picture book biography worth picking up at the library and sharing with your children or students.  Ansel Adams' life is told from when he was very young until his life as a professional and well-known photographer.  It is not extremely detailed, but the story does explain his love of nature from a young age and the environment his family provided to nurture his love of nature, learning, and photography.  Although this is a picture book, anyone who enjoys the work of Ansel Adams would enjoy this brief biography.